Brief Credential Summary of the 2008 Democratic Presidential Candidate Nominees

Sources - wikipedia/Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton website
wikipedia/Barack Obama
Barack Obama website

Updated March 1, 2008
8pm EST Update

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton
Born October 26, 1947
Chicago IL.
Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.
Born August 4, 1961
 Honolulu Hawaii
Hugh Ellsworth Rodham

Welsh & English immigrants

Operated a small successful textile business

Died 1993

Barack Hussein Obama, Sr.
Kenya. Luo ethnicity

Foreign student at University of Hawaii
Harvard University to pursue Ph.D. studies

Returned to Kenya, died in an automobile accident in 1982


Dorothy Emma Howell

 English, Scottish, French Canadian, & Welsh descent


Ann Dunham
Born Wichita, Kansas

University of Hawaii

Separated then divorced
Remarried a foreign student in 1967 - Lolo Soetoro

Died from ovarian cancer 1995

2 younger brothers - Hugh & Tony
Siblings - (no mention on wiki)
Raised in a United Methodist family 1990's United Church of Christ
Early Years: Early Years:
Active at church and public school  
Church youth group  
Girl Scout  
1960 1960

Age 13

Active in politics

During very close U.S. Presidential Election, canvassed South Side Chicago, found evidence of electoral fraud against Richard Nixon

Not born yet



Age 14-18

Attended speech by Martin Luther King Jr., also met him

Born in Hawaii, 1961

Participated in student council

2 years old, parents divorced

Debating team  
Volunteered for Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in 1964  
National Honor Society  
National Merit Finalist  
Graduated 1965  
1965-67 1965-67

Age 18-20

Wellesley College, majored in Political Science

Age 4 to 6

President of the Rockefeller Republican organization in freshman year. Stepped down due to evolving views with American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War  
Active in campus affairs, worked for change within the system rather than take the then-popular radical actions against it  



Age 21

Affected by the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., became supporter of the anti-war presidential nomination campaign of McCarthy.

Organized a 2 day student strike and worked with Wellesley's black students for moderate changes, like recruiting more black students and faculty

Age 6 to 10

Mother remarried a foreign student from Indonesia

Family moved to Jakarta, Indonesia

1968 elected President of Wellesley College Government Association. Instrumental in stemming student disruptions common during that time

Attended local schools in Jakarta

Classes taught in Indonesian

Was assigned to intern at the House Republican Conference to better understand her changing political views

Invited by Rep. Goodell to assist Governor Nelson Rockefeller's late-entry campaign for nomination

Attended the '68 Republican National Convention, left the Party for good upon the negative treatment Nixons's campaign waged against Rockefeller; detested the 'veiled' racist messages at the Convention.  

Age 22

Graduated in 1969 with honors in Political Science.

Was the first student in Wellesley College's history to deliver their Commencement Address. Her speech received a 7 minute long standing ovation.

Was featured in Life magazine, due to the response her Commencement speech generated which criticized Senator Edward Brooke, who had spoken previously at the event

Appeared on Irv Kupcient's television talk show and was also interviewed by by Illinois & New England newspapers for her Commencement speech

1970 1970

Age 23

Entered Yale Law School

Served on the Board of Editors for the Yale Review of Law & Social Action

Advocate for children and families

Worked at the Yale Child Study Center, learning about new research on early childhood brain development

Worked as a research assistant on seminal work, 'Beyond the Best Interests of the Child.'

Took on cases of child abuse at Yale-New Haven Hospital

Volunteered at New Haven Legal Services to provide free advice for the poor

Represented foster children and parents in family court

Worked on some of the earliest studies creating legal standards for identifying and protecting abused children

Summer of 1970, was awarded a grant to work at Marian Wright Edelman's Washington Research Project, assigned to Senator Walter Mondale's Subcommittee on Migratory Labor. Researched migrant workers' problems in housing, sanitation, health and education

Age 10/11?

Family moved from Indonesia back to Honolulu


1971 1971

Age 24

Began dating Bill Clinton, who was also a law student at Yale

Interned on child custody cases at an Oakland California law firm

Age 10

Lived with maternal grandparents

Attended Punahou School from 5th grade to graduation in '79

1972 1972

Age 25

Both Hillary & Bill campaigned in Texas for Democratic Presidential candidate George McGovern

11 years old

1973 1973

Age 26

Received a Juris Doctor degree from Yale

Bill proposed marriage following graduation, but she declined

Began a year of post-graduate study on children and medicine at Yale Child Study Center

Her first scholarly article, 'Children Under the Law', was published in the Harvard Educational Review. Article became frequently cited in the field

12 years old

1974 1974

Age 27

Post graduate study

Served as staff attorney for newly founded Children's Defense Fund in Cambridge, Mass.

Consultant to the Carnegie Council on Children

Served as one of only two women lawyers on the House Judiciary Committee considering the impeachment of President Nixon during the Watergate scandal

Temporarily set aside political & career aspirations to assist Bill

Moved to Arkansas where Bill was running for the U.S. House of Representatives

Became one of two female faculty members in the School of Law at University of Arkansas

13 years old

1975 1975

Age 28

Married Bill Clinton in October '75, Methodist ceremony in their living room

Ran a legal aid Clinic for the poor and handled cases of foster care and child abuse

14 years old

1976 1976

Age 29

Moved to state capital in '76 when Bill was elected Arkansas Attorney General

Did campaign coordination work in Indiana for Jimmy Carter, '76

15 years old

1977 1977

Age 30

Joined the Rose Law Firm, in '77, specializing in patent infringement and intellectual property law

Worked pro bono in child advocacy

Published scholarly article, 'Children's Policies: Abandonment and Neglect'

Co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, a state-level alliance with the Children's Defense Fund

President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation late in 1977. Served as Chair of the Board from 1978 until the end of 1981

Battled President Reagan's attempts to reduce the funding and change the nature of the Legal Services Corporation

16 years old

During teenage years:

Drank Alcohol
Smoked Marijuana
Used Cocaine

to "push questions of who I was out of my mind."


1979 1979

Age 32

Became First Lady of Arkansas for a total of 12 years, 1979 to 1992

Published a scholarly article -  'Children's Rights: A Legal Perspective'

Appointed to the chair of the Rural Health Advisory Committee by Clinton

Became the first woman to be made a full partner of Rose Law Firm

Lead a task force to improve education in Arkansas through higher standards for schools

Served on the board for the Children's Television Workshop

Began ill-fated investment in the Whitewater Development Corporation real estate venture

Age 18

Graduated 1979

Moved to LA

Studied at Occidental College for 2 years

1980 1980

Age 33 

Gave birth to Chelsea

Age 19

Columbia University in New York

Majored in Political Science with specialization in international relations

1982 1982

Age 35-45 (1982-1992)

Took leave of absence from Rose Law firm in order to campaign full-time for Bill's run at Governor again

Chaired the Arkansas Educational Standards Committee. Sought to bring about reform in the state's court-sanctioned public education system

Returned to practice law at Rose Law Firm. Earned less than all the other partners, due to fewer hours being billed

Age 21



Age 36

Named Arkansas Woman of the Year in '83

Named Headliner of the Year in '83 by the Arkansas Press Association

Awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Arkansas (mid 1980's)

Age 22

Received Bachelor of Arts


Worked at Business International Corporation

Worked at New York Public Interest Research Group


1984 1984
Age 37

Named Arkansas Mother of the Year in '84

Named Public Citizens of the year (Bill & Hillary) in 1983 or '84 by the National Association of Social Workers, Arkansas chapter.

1985 1985

Age 38-45 (1985-1992)

Served on corporate board of directors of TCBY

Fought a prolonged successful battle against the Arkansas Education Association to put mandatory teacher testing, and state standards for curriculum and classroom size

Introduced Arkansas' Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth in 1985

Age 24
Moved to Chicago

Worked as a Community organizer

Was Director of the Developing Communities Project

Worked with low-income residents seeking to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment


1986 1986

Age 39-45 (1986-1992)

Served on the national board for the Children's Defense Fund

Served on the corporate board of directors of Wal-Mart (client of Rose Law). Was the first female member on the Board.

Successful in impelling the Wal-Mart chain  to adopt additional environmentally-friendly practices

Unsuccessful in her bid to have more women added to Wal-Mart's company's management division

Unsure of her position pertaining to the company's anti-labor union practices

Served on the national board for the Child Care Action Campaign

Very influential in the appointment of State Judges.

The Clintons were accused of conflict of interest by Bill's Republican opponent in the '86 gubernatorial re-election campaign because Rose Law did state business, but the charges were avoided as the state fees were walled off by the firm before her profits were calculated

Age 25

1987 1987

Age 40-44 (1987-1991)

Chaired the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession, to address gender bias in the law profession, which helped adopt measures to combat the discrimination

Age 26

1988 1988

Age 41-45 (1988-1992)

Served on the board of the Arkansas Children's Hospital, helping them to expand and improve their services

Named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal in 1988 and in 1991

Age 27

Entered Harvard Law School

Meet future wife, Michelle Robinson while employed as a summer associate at the Chicago law firm of Sidley & Austin

Joined Trinity United Church of Christ

1990 1990

Age 43-45 (1990-1992)

Served on the corporate board of directors at Lafarge

Age 29

Elected to the Harvard Law Review as the 1st black president in its 104-year history

1991 1991

Age 44


Age 30

Graduated Magna cum Laude
Received J.D. degree

Returned to Chicago

Directed a voter registration drive

1992 1992

Age 45

Campaigned for Bill's Presidential nomination

Age 32-35 (1993-1996)

Joined Miner, Barnhill & Galland law firm as an associate attorney

Represented community organizers

Handled discrimination claims & voting rights cases

Lecturer of constitutional law at University of Chicago Law School from 1993 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004

Married Michelle LaVaughn Robinson

1993 1993

Age 46

Became First Lady of the United States

Was the first First Lady to hold a post-graduate degree, and have her own professional career

Was the first First Lady to take an office in the West Wing

Father died

Found refuge in a prayer group of The Fellowship

Sought to find a synthesis of Methodist teachings, liberal religious political philosophy, and Tikkun's 'politics of meaning', to overcome what she saw as America's "sleeping sickness of the soul", of which would lead to a willingness "to remold society by redefining what it means to be a human being in the twentieth century, moving into a new millennium."

Investigated over the firings of the White House Travel Office employees. The final Independent Council report (2000) found she was involved in the firings, but there was insufficient evidence for prosecution

Was appointed to be the Chairwoman of the Task Force on National Health Care Reform by President Clinton

Age 32

1994 1994

Age 47

The Health Care Plan she chaired was a comprehensive proposal that would require employers to provide health coverage to their employees through individual HMO's. It was not well-received by opponents

The Health Care Plan was abandoned when it didn't receive enough support in either the Senate or the House although both floors were controlled by the Democrats

Later she acknowledged in her book, 'Living History', that her inexperience contributed to the defeat, along with many other factors

Received the Living Legacy Award from the Women's International Center, for her vast contributions in so many fields, especially honoring her work for women and children

Age 33

1995 1995
Age 48

Gave a speech before the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

She passionately argued against practices which abused women around the world, and in China itself, declaring "that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights."

She resisted pressure from the Chinese to soften her remarks

Wrote an autobiography, 'Living History' which was a best seller. Translated into 12 languages and sold over 1.3 million copies

Published a weekly syndicated newspaper column, 'Talking It Over', from 1995 to 2000. It focused on her experiences and those of women, children and families she's encountered during her travels around the world.

Age 34

Memoirs published, 'Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race & Inheritance''

Time Magazine's Joe Klein wrote that the book may be the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician.

Received Grammy for audio of the book in 2006

1996 1996

Age 49

Subpoenaed to testify before a Federal Grand Jury over the Whitewater controversy. After several Independent Counsels investigated, the  final report (2000) concluded there wasn't sufficient evidence of any criminal wrongdoing

President re-elected, First Lady status continues

Traveled to 79 countries as an emissary of the United States

Spoke out against the poor treatment of Afghani women by the Islamist fundamentalist Taliban

Helped create Vital Voices, an international initiative sponsored by the U.S. to promote the participation of women in  political processes of other countries

Book released, 'It Takes a Village: and Other Lessons Children Teach Us.' This was on the NY Times best seller.

Also received a Grammy Award for the book's audio recording.

Age 35

Elected to the Illinois Senate
Did not face a Republican opposition

1997 1997

Age 50

Along with Senator Ted Kennedy, was the major force behind the State Children's Health Insurance Program - a federal effort that would provide state support for children whose parents were unable to provide them health coverage

Promoted nationwide immunization against childhood illnesses

Encouraged older women to seek mammograms to detect breast cancer, with coverage provided by Medicare

Sought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and childhood asthma at the national Institutes of Health

Worked to investigate reports of an illness that affected veterans of the Gulf War

Helped to create the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice, along with Attorney General Janet Reno

Initiated the Adoption and Safe Families Act, which she regarded as her greatest accomplishment as First Lady

Hosted conferences on Child Care, Early Childhood Development and Learning, and Children and Adolescents (2000), and the first-ever White House Conference on Teenagers (2000), and Philanthropy (1999)


Age 36

Sworn in to the Illinois State Senate

(IL. Senate Years):

Worked with both Democrats & Republicans to help working families get ahead by creating programs like the state Earned Income Tax Credit, which provided over $100 million in tax cuts to families over a 3 year period

Pushed for an expansion of early childhood education after some inmates on death row had been found innocent

Worked with law enforcement officials to require videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases.

First law passed with Republican Tom Coburn - to rebuild trust in government by allowing every American to see what their tax dollars were spent on, by going online and checking.

Had been a lead voice in championing ethics reform that would root out corruption in Congress

A member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, fought to help Illinois veterans get disability pay while working with the VA for the return of the thousands of veterans who would need care after returning from Iraq & Afghanistan


1998 1998

(Age 51)

Revelations of her husband's extramarital affairs with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The scandal eventually led to the impeachment of the President.

Though furious and deeply hurt, she reaffirmed her commitment to their marriage

Public approval ratings of her skyrocketed up to 71%.

Received the United Arab Emirates Health Foundation Prize for her work in health and social welfare, especially as it relates to women, children, and families (May)

Book released, 'Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets'.

Age 37

2nd Year Illinois State Senate

(IL. Senate Years Cont.):

Traveled to Russia with Republican Dick Lugar to begin a new generation of non-proliferation efforts designed to find and secure deadly weapons around the world

Worked to bring the auto manufacturers, unions, farmers, businesses and politicians of both parties together to promote greater use of alternative fuels and higher fuel standards

Traditional Duties (years?)

Initiated and was the Founding Chair of the Save America's Treasures program, for the purpose of preserving and restoring historic items and sites.

Head of the White House Millennium Council, and started the Millennium Project with monthly lectures on future studies

Created the first Sculpture Garden which now displays contemporary American works of art

Oversaw the restoration of the Blue Room, and the redecoration of the Treaty Room and Map Room.

Hosted numerous large-scale events at the White House, plus state dinners for visiting Chinese dignitaries, and many other events


1999 1999

Age 52

Moved to Chappaqua, New York

Ran for election to the United States Senate in the state of New York

Was the first First Lady to be a candidate for elected office

Honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Children of Chernobyl Relief Fund for her support of the Ukrainian's organization's efforts regarding legacy effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. (April)

Received the Mother Teresa Award by Albania, the highest honor given to civilians, for her humanitarian efforts following the Kosovo War, and worldwide.

Age 38

3rd year in Illinois Senate


(IL. Senate Years Cont.):

Negotiated welfare reform

Promoted increased subsidies for childcare

Daughter Malia Ann was born

2000 2000

Age 53

Elected to the United States Senate

Won by 55% of the vote

Book released, 'An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History'.

Age 39

Unsuccessful primary run for the U.S. House of Representatives

Lost with just 31% of the vote to Rush's 61%

2001 2001

Age 54

1st Year U.S. Senator

Forged relationships with Senators from both parties. Regular participant in the Senate Prayer Breakfast

Served on the Committee on Budget (2001-2002)

Serving on the Committee on Environment & Public Works (since 2001)

Serving on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (since 2001)

Serving on Special Committee on Aging

Commissioner of the Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe (since 2001)

September 11th, 2001 Terrorist Attacks strike the Twin Towers

Sought to obtain funding for the recovery efforts in New York City and security improvements in the state

Working with senior Senator Charles Schumer, she was instrumental in quickly securing $21 billion in funding for the World Trade Center site's redevelopment

Took lead role in investigating the health issues of the 9/11 first responders

Voted for the USA patriot Act in October 2001 (when the act was up for renewal in 2005, she worked to address the civil liberties concerns with it)

Strongly supported the 2001 U.S. military action in Afghanistan. expressing it was a chance to combat terrorism while improving the lives of Afghan women who suffered under the Taliban government

Voted against President Bush's tax cut,  the Economic Growth & Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, saying it was fiscally irresponsible to reopen the budget deficit

Age 40

5th Year Illinois State Senate

Daughter Natasha was born

2002 2002
Age 55

2nd Year U.S. Senator

Voted in favor of the October 2002 Iraq War Resolution along with 29 other Democrats, while 21 voted nay. Passed the U.S. Senate 77 to 23

Voted for the Byrd Amendment to the Resolution to limit Congressional authorization to one year increments

Fought to provide compensation to the families of the 9/11 victims, grants for hard-hit businesses, and health care for front line workers at Ground Zero

Age 41

6th Year Illinois State Senate

Reelected to the Illinois State Senate

While an Illinois Senator, gave a speech at an anti-war rally in opposition to the Iraq War


2003 2003
Age 56

3rd Year U.S. Senator

Serving on the Committee on Armed Services (since 2003)

Traveled to Iraq & Afghanistan several times to visit the American troops, also visited troops based at Fort Drum and other bases in New York, as well as Walter Reed Military Hospital

Voted against the Jobs & Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, saying it was fiscally irresponsible to reopen the budget deficit

Looking to establish a progressive infrastructure to rival American conservatism, played a formative role in conversations that led to the 2003 founding of former Clinton Administration Chief of Staff, John Podesta's, Center for American Progress

Shared aides with Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington, founded in 2003

Book published, a 562 page autobiography, 'Living History'. The book sold more than a million copies in the first month of release. It was translated into 12 foreign languages. Her audio recording of the book netted her another Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.

Age 42

7th Year Illinois State Senate

Became Chairman of the Health & Human Services Committee  in Illinois Senate

Ran for election U.S. Senate

2004 2004
Age 57

4th Year U.S. Senator

Announced she would seek a second term in the U.S. Senate

Presented with the Inaugural Nursing Health and Humanity Award from the University of Rochester School of Nursing (March)

Advised & nurtured former antagonist David Brock's Media Matters for America, created in 2004

Successfully pushed new Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid to create a Senate War Room to handle daily political messaging.

Supported improving health benefits for veterans, and lobbied against the closure of several military bases

Passed legislation to track the health status of U.S. troops.

Original sponsor of legislation that expanded health benefits to members of the National Guard & Reserves

Strong critic of the Bush Administration's handling of the Iraq war.

Voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment that would prohibit same-sex marriage, in 2004 and in 2006


Age 43

During Campaign for U.S. Senate, he won the endorsement of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police for active participation in enacting death penalty reforms

Criticized by Pro-choice candidates and Pro-life opponent for a series of 'present' or 'no' votes on late-term abortion & parental notification issues

During election debates, expressed views on stem cell research, abortion, gun control, school vouchers, and tax cuts

Delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, questioning the Bush Administration's management of the Iraq War

Resigned Illinois State Senate

Elected to United States Senate

Won by 70% of the vote vs. Allen Keyes

2005 2005
Age 58

5th Year U.S. Senator

Traveled to Iraq to visit the American troops and assess the on-ground situation. Noted the insurgency had failed to disrupt the democratic elections, and certain parts of the country were functioning well.

Co-introduced legislation to increase the size of the U.S. Army to ease the strain on the stretched military. Immediate withdrawal would be a mistake, but Bush's pledge to stay until the job was done was misguided, giving an open-ended invitation to the Iraqis to not take care of themselves.

Criticized the Bush Administration for making poor decisions in the war, but it was more important to solve the problems in Iraq.

Voted against confirmation of John Roberts as Chief Justice of the U.S.

Called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate how hidden sex scenes showed up  in the video game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'

Introduced legislation, along with Senators Lieberman and Bayh, the Family Entertainment Protection Act, intended to protect children from inappropriate content found in video games.

Introduced the Count Every Vote Act of 2005 to ensure better protection of votes, and that each vote is counted.

Awarded the German Media Prize 2004, honoring her exemplary efforts for women's rights (February 2005)

Honored with the American Medical Women's Association's President's Vision & Voice Award, for being an advocate for women's health and related issues (February 2005)

Received an honorary doctorate from Agnes Scott College for being a 'Defender of Human Rights', and a resolute defender of the rights of women and girls. (May 2005)

Honored with the Reserve Officers Association's National President Award (July 2005)

Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame (October 2005)

Age 44

Sworn in January
1st Year U.S. Senator

Recruited team of high-level advisers devoted to broad themes

Serving on Committee for Foreign Relations

Serving on Committee for Health, Education, labor & Pensions

Serving on Committee for Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs & VA Affairs

Listed as the 5th African American Senator in U.S. history in the Senate Historical Office

Member of the Congressional Black Caucus

Spoke before the national Press Club, defending the 'New Deal' social welfare policies of F.D. Roosevelt, associating Republican proposals to establish private accounts for Social Security with Social Darwinism (April)

Spoke out against the government indifference to growing economic class divisions, following Hurrican Katrina

Co-sponsored the 'Secure American and Orderly Immigration Act', introduced by Senator John McCain.

Traveled to Russia, Ukraine, & Azerbaijan, to focus on strategies to control the world's supply of conventional weapons, biological weapons, and weapons of mass destruction as a first defense against potential terrorist attacks. (August 2005)

The British Journal 'New Statesman' listed him as one of 10 people who could change the world.

Named by Time Magazine as one of the world's most influential people. (2005 & 2007)

Received Honorary Doctorates of Law from Knox College (2005)

2006 2006
Age 59

6th Year U.S. Senate

Reelected to U.S. Senate

Won by 67% of the vote

Voted against the nomination of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court

Voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment that would prohibit same sex marriage (2004 and again in 2006)

Honored with the Remembrance Award from the Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association (April 2006)

Honored with the Energy Leadership Award from the U.S. Energy Association's Energy Efficiency Forum, in recognition of her leadership on energy issues (June 2006)

Age 45

2nd Year U.S. Senator

Traveled to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories after meetings with the U.S. Military in Kuwait & Iraq.

Warned Palestinian students at a meeting, that the U.S. will never recognize the winning Hamas candidates unless the group renounces its fundamental mission to eliminate Israel. (January)

Traveled to South Africa, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia, & Chad, speaking nationally on tv, about the influence of ethnic rivalries and corruption in Kenya. Speech touched off a public debate among rival leaders, some challenging his remarks as unfair and improper, while others defending his position. (August)

Took an active role in the Senate's push to improve border security and immigration reform.

Added 3 amendments to the 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act', passed the Senate in May 2006, but failed in the U.S. House of Representatives

Supported a related bill, the 'Secure Fence Act' authorizing construction of fencing and other security improvements along the Mexican/U.S. border. President bush signed it into law in October 2006.

Primary sponsor of 'Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, & Democracy Promotion Act', signed into law by President Bush in December 2006.

Book published, 'The Audacity of Hope', inspired by his pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Immediate bestseller, rose to the top of the NY Times Best Seller list in November. Translated into 4 languages. Awarded a Grammy for the audio of the book (2008)

Received Honorary Doctorates of Law from Xavier University of Louisiana,  University of Massachusetts, & from Northwestern University (2006)

2007 2007
Age 60

7th Year U.S. Senate

Mentioned as a potential candidate for the Presidency since at least 2002.

Ranked among the world's most powerful people by Forbes magazine and Times

Announced on her website in January an exploratory committee  with the intention to become a candidate for President in the 2008 election.

No woman has ever been nominated by a major party for President of the United States.

Opposed the Iraq War troop surge of 2007

Supported a Feb. 2007 non-binding Senate resolution against the Iraq War troop surge, which failed to gain cloture (a motion aimed at bringing a debate to a quick end)

Voted in favor of a war spending bill in March which required President Bush to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq within a certain deadline. The bill passed nearly completely between the party lines, but was vetoed by Bush.

In response to the dismissal of the U.S. attorneys controversy in March, she called for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign.

Launched an internet campaign to gain petition signatures towards calling for the resignation of Attorney General Gonzales.

Voted against a compromise war funding bill in May that removed withdrawal deadlines, though tied funding to progress benchmarks for the Iraqi government. It passed the Senate by 80-14, and signed into law by Bush.

Cast a number of votes in support of the high-profile, hotly debated comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill know as the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007. Eventually the bill failed to gain cloture. (May and June)

Liquidated a blind trust that had been established when Bill was President in 1993, in order to avoid the possibility of ethical conflicts (April)

Voted in favor of a Senate resolution in September calling on the State Department to label the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization. It passed the Senate 76-22.

Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine by the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, for being a strong advocate for increased investment in medical research, and for raising awareness of the increased health problems linked to obesity, poor quality food and physical inactivity (2007)

Campaign to run for the President of the United States

Age 46

3rd Year U.S. Senator

Shortly before announcing his Presidential campaign, told the health care advocacy group Families USA, "I am absolutely determined that by the end of the first term of the next President, we should have Universal Health Care in this country."

Announced candidacy for the 2008 Presidential election (February)

Working with Republican Senators Lugar and Coburn, he successfully introduced two initiatives - the Lugar-Obama expands the Nunn-Lugar cooperative threat reduction concept to convention weapons, including shoulder-fired missiles and anti-personnel mines

The Coburn-Obama Transparency Act provides for the website to list all organizations receiving Federal funds from 2007 onwards.

Worked with Senator Feingold to eliminate gifts of travel on corporate jets by lobbyists, and require disclosure of bundled campaign contributions under the 'Honest Leadership & Open Government Act', which was signed into law in September.

Joined Senator Schumer in sponsoring a bill to criminalize deceptive practices in federal elections, including fraudulent flyers and automated phone calls.

Sponsored with Senator John McCain energy initiatives with a bill promoting liquefied coal production to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds by 2050.

Introduced the 'Iraq War De-Escalation Act' to cap troop levels in Iraq, begin phased redeployment, and remove all combat brigades from Iraq before April 2008.

Sponsored with Republican Senator Kit Bond, an amendment to the 2008 Defense Authorization Act, adding safeguards for personality disorder military discharges.

Called for a review by the Government Accountability Office following reports that inappropriate procedures were used to reduce government costs.

Sponsored the 'Iran Sanctions Enabling Act', supporting divestment of state pension funds from Iran's oil and gas industry.

Joined Republican Chuck Hagel in introducing legislation to reduce risks of nuclear terrorism. A provision of the Obama-Hagel bill was passed by Congress in December 2007 as an amendment to the State-Foreign Operations appropriations bill.

Sponsored a Senate amendment to the State Children's Health Insurance Program, to provide one year of job protection for family members caring for soldiers with combat-related injuries. The bill passed by houses but was vetoed by President Bush in October 2007.

Received Honorary Doctorates of Law from Southern New Hampshire University, & Howard University (2007).

Campaign to run for the President of the United States

(Additional Senatorial Duties - unsure years) (Additional Senatorial Duties - unsure years)

Introduced legislation to tie Congressional salary increases to an increase in the minimum wage.

Supported a variety of middle-class tax cuts, including the marriage penalty relief, property tax relief, and reduction in the Alternative Minimum Tax

Supports fiscally responsible pay-as-you-go budget rules

Helped pass legislation which encouraged investment to create jobs in struggling communities though the Renewal Communities program.

Championed legislation to bring broadband internet access to rural America

Continues to work toward expanding quality affordable health care to more Americans

Worked to strengthen the Children's Health Insurance Program, which increased coverage for children in low income and working families

Authorized legislation  that has been enacted to improve and lower the cost of prescription drugs and to protect our food supply from bioterrorism.

Sponsored legislation to increase America's commitment to fighting global HIV/AIDS

Leading the fight for expanded use of Information Technology in the health care system to decrease administrative costs, lower premiums, and reduce medical errors

Strong advocate for children continues in the Senate.

Worked to ensure the safety of prescription drugs for children with legislation now included in the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act

Legislation to help schools address environmental hazards

Proposed expanding access to child care.

Passed legislation that will bring more qualified teachers into classrooms.

Powerful advocate for women

Her commitment to supporting the rights guaranteed in Roe vs. Wade, and to reducing the number of abortions by reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies was hailed by the New York Times as 'frank talk' and a 'promising path.'

Original co-sponsor of the Prevention First Act to increase access to family planning.

Her advocacy and fight with the Bush Administration ensured that Plan B, an emergency contraceptive, will be available to millions of American women

Strongly committed to making sure that each American has the right to vote in a fair and credible election.

Introduced the Count Every Vote Act of 2005 to ensure better protection of votes, and that each vote is counted.

2008 2008
Age 61

8th Year U.S. Senator

Campaign to run for the President of the United States

Age 47

4th Year U.S. Senator

Campaign to run for the President of the United States

Obviously they've both done much more in their lives, but to summarize into a halfway manageable format, this information was taken from wikipedia and their official presidential websites

March 1, 2008 - 8pm EST Update

Sources - wikipedia/Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton website
wikipedia/Barack Obama
Barack Obama website

Election Results - State by State Summary
Statistics of the 2008 Election Results

Florida Stats from 2000 to 2008
Election Results Estimate

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